Jungle-bound Nigel Farage insists his experiences in Parliament and the European Union will help him in his latest TV venture – because he’s used to ‘dealing with snakes.’
The GB News broadcaster and former UKIP and Brexit party leader is believed to be earning a bumper £1.5million for a potential three week stay in rural Australia for the latest series of I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!
But he admits he’s ready for whatever the jungle throws at him when he enters camp ahead of the returning show’s launch on November 19.
Addressing GB News viewers in a pre-recorded video on Monday, Farage, 59, said: ‘So the speculation is over, I am going into the jungle, but it’s okay because I am used to dealing with snakes and other horrible reptiles both in Brussels and here in Westminster – I’m sure I’ll be able to survive.’
The pint-loving former politician also revealed he was preparing for a life of enforced abstinence in the jungle by temporarily giving up booze and caffeine, five days before his flight to Australia.
Banter: Nigel Farage insists his experiences in Parliament and the European Union has been the perfect training ground for I’m A Celeb – because he’s used to ‘dealing with snakes’
Lucrative: The GB News broadcaster and former UKIP and Brexit party leader is believed to be earning a bumper £1.5million to appear on I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here!
He said: ‘No there isn’t any booze in there, which is quite a serious situation in my view.
‘Equally, and just as important funnily enough is tea and coffee. So as a bit of training for going into the jungle I haven’t had an alcoholic drink, a cup of tea or coffee now for five days.’
Farage revealed show producers first approached him seven years ago, shortly after Britain voted to leave the European Union following a referendum he vociferously supported.
‘They’ve asked me every year since 2016 to go in the jungle I always thought it’s not the right time for me to do it,’ he said.
‘But I can’t do it next year because we’ve got a general election, we’ve American presidential elections, so this year I am kind of free in a way to do it.’
He added: ‘You know, the (Brexit) referendum was a long time ago, there are a lot of young people who don’t know who I am, don’t know what I stand for.
‘This is my big chance to reach a really big audience of young people, which I think will be good for me and really good for GB News as well. That’s one reason for doing it.’
Farage will be joined by an assortment of pop stars, actors and social media influencers when he lands in the jungle, among them TikTok star Nella Rose – a staunch leftist at odds with his right leaning political views.
All set: But he admits he’s ready for whatever the jungle throws at him when he enters camp ahead of the returning show’s launch on November 19
A sobering experience: The pint-loving former politician also admitted he was preparing for a life of enforced abstinence in the jungle by temporarily giving up booze and caffeine
Foreshadowing a potential clash with his imminent campmate, he added: ‘Worst nightmare? That’s easy – there’s thousands of them. Anyone who is an aggressive remoaner would be the worst nightmare.’
The broadcaster also insisted the main challenge will be stepping out of his comfort zone after years spent living in a political bubble.
‘I’ve lived on news, numbers, and information,’ he said. ‘To go away from that for several weeks is one really big challenge: to confront things that are obviously frightening but to have to deal with them and come through them.
‘The upsides are obvious. They’re obvious. You reach a whole new big audience, you test yourself in a way that you haven’t done for years, you make good money doing it.
‘The downsides – well look. It could be a complete, total car crash. A disaster. I might finish up having a fight with somebody – who knows! I might get voted out on the first round, I don’t know.
He added: ‘But I know that things could go very badly wrong and you’re on camera 24 hours a day, seven days a week for up to 22 days that the contestants are in the jungle. So of course a lot could go wrong.
‘But whoever did anything in life that was worthwhile without taking a risk?’
I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! aires at 9:00pm on ITV1 from November 19.